What makes a hotel stay pleasant ? The answer to that question probably differs from one person to another ... but for me there are a combination of factors: location, price, condition of property, attitude of staff, amenities, breakfast , wifi, quiet in the room, and bedding. Probably a few other things that I am leaving out.The Sorolla Palace actually did an excellent job on meeting our standards on all of those items. It was not THE BEST that could be in some areas, but stepping back and looking at the overall experience, it is a good all around hotel that will make most people (except the very very fussy ones ... but they have their own agenda) .glad that they stayed there.
Oh ... before I forget .. let me remind you to bring a washcloth with you. As is usual at many European hotels, a wash cloth was not provided (it is considered to be a personal item, sort of like socks or underwear) . We forgot to bring one so we purchased one at Corte Ingles . If you do bring a washcloth, then bring a zip lock bag to take it with you in a moist condition when you check out.
I gave it four stars not because I think it was a four star hotel, but because it would rate it as "very good" . I would put it in the category of a nice Marriott if you want some comparison with a known U.S. standard. As such it would be about 3.5 stars in my mind.
Valencia can be an expensive place to stay, but the Sorolla Palace was, in our mind, reasonable. The trade off was that it is a little bit away from the center of the city; but once that we became familiar with the location of the metros, getting around was a snap. Be sure to get the multi use metro ticket; unfortunately one ticket can not be shared as it can be in, for example, Barcelona.
Breakfast at the hotel was first rate; and we were very happy with it for the first couple of days (we were there for a week), and satisfied with it throughout the week. We would have liked a little change up on the selection some days to include omelets or pancakes or waffles. Still, take a look at the pictures of the food selection that I am including with this review and I think you will have to agree that it was extensive and excellent. The cost of breakfast once you check in is a little high (as are all nice breakfast buffets at hotels these days), so I would encourage you to seek out a price for the room that includes breakfast.
We did eat one night at the hotel's better restaurant (El Dossel) and were impressed. We also had a hamburger at the first floor bar/café and were far from impressed ... it was a terrible hamburger, but that is what I get for eating a hamburger while on vacation. So, if you eat at the hotel I would stick with the breakfasts and the hotel's better restaurant (located on the same floor where the breakfast buffet is served).
The pool at the hotel was an interesting set-up and the only negative aspect was the walk between the pool and the hotel (short walk). The gym was very adequate and I enjoyed using it.
Bathrooms: For some reason hotel builders have decided that glass enclosures for toilet areas are good things ; well guess what? I disagree. I think that when ones goes to use a toilet there should be a solid wall and a solid door for audio privacy. But that is just me, maybe others don't feel the same? Anyway ; there is a solid door to the bathroom, and it is just that once in the bathroom there is a smoked glass door and wall between the toilet area and the rest of the bathroom. Our particular room (1418) was on a floor with a meeting room on it and there was a toilet in the hallway across from our room that was left unlocked and we used it as a second toilet area. Very convenient. So, you might consider a room near that one if you might have the need for more than one toilet.
There was a neat sound system in the room, that we used and enjoyed. The "drawers" inside of the closet area were actually pull out shelves. The worked fine, just take a look to make sure that nothing feel in the back before you check out of the hotel.
Plenty of closet room.
The room had a "two door entrance" for quiet in the room. There was an outer door, which led to a short inner hall with the closet and bathroom off of that hall; then an "inner" door. Once that both of the doors were shut there was absolutely NO hallway noise in the room; also the two doorway set up allowed one person to get bathroomed and dressed while the other slept. We needed that type of quiet set up to get over the jet lag that we had for the first few days.
We faced the street that runs between the Sorolla and the Melia , and had no noise from any traffic.
Restaurants in the area: There are several, of all types of cuisine, and some were very good. The best one was an Italian restaurant just a little down the block ... called Rigatoni. I will review that in a different post. The food and service there were good and we would return. There was also a neat pastry shop on the same side of the street as Rigatoni that I was very happy with.
Right adjacent to the entrance to the Benniferri Metro was a food store called "Consum" that we went to a few times; it has all the basics. There were two larger food stores a little further away, and I did go to them to check them out , but could not see a reason to favor one over the other.
I have to comment that the wine prices in Spain were utterly inexpensive . Check out the prices at "Consum" and you will see what I mean.
Very convenient to have near the hotel was a store called the Media Mart. It is similar to a Best Buy or a Frys. If you left something at home you can probably get it there. It is right in the area of the entrance to the Metro and you can't miss it.
When we left Valencia, we did so by train from the Estacio Del Nord (we went on to Tortosa).. The taxi was only about 8.5 euros to get to the station (we had a lot of luggage, or we would have taken the Metro).
There is a "Casino" across the street from the hotel, and I tried to go there .. but they wanted to see a passport, so I didn't go. If you do go, mention that you are staying at the Sorolla and then the admission is free. Who ever heard of a casino charging an admission so that you could lose money inside ? I have no idea what they might do with the information from my passport and I didn't want to find out, so I never went past the entry point. . The reviews I read of the Casino were not very promising.
Oddly enough, there was no clock in the room (but there was maybe one on the phone); but the front desk was nice enough to give us a small "loaner" clock for the week. Let me add though, that none of the hotels we encountered in Spain (and we were in four of them) had clocks in the rooms...
I indicated that landmarks were in the area .. but let me modify that by saying that the landmarks are a short Metro ride away ... there are no "landmarks" directly outside of the hotel. I did actually walk all the way back from the city center of Valencia on two occasions during the week that we were there. It was a long walk (nearly an hour as I recall), but for me that is the only way to really see a city.
So yes, we enjoyed the Sorolla and would recommend it for any type of visit to Valencia where you want a nice place to stay at a price that won't break the bank, as long as you don't mind walking about 7 minutes to the metro station and then proceeding by public transportation. If you are unable to walk, or don't like public transportation, then a different hotel might suit you more.
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- Sorolla Palace Valencia
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